Set on the beautiful coast of California, this Half Moon Bay wedding was certainly one for the books! Friends of mine, Teresa & Nick, hired me back in December for their big day at the wonderful Oceano Hotel & Spa on Friday, October Fourth. This couple is very special to me and allowed me the honor of, not only creating both their Save-the-Dates and wedding invitations, but also capturing the moments they will get to treasure for the lifetime they will share together. Here are just a few of the wonderful moments I was able to grab!
Venue/Caterer: Oceano Hotel & Spa, Half Moon Bay
Hair & Make-Up: Mizu Salon, Half Moon Bay
Cake: Mazzetti's Bakery, Pacifica
Florist: Costco (& they were GORGEOUS)
Dress: Starlet Bridal, Santa Rosa
DJ: Patrick Numair of Golden State Productions
Some of my favorite photos come from my newborn sessions! I enjoy getting creative with each baby, girl or boy, and seeing what beautiful art pieces I can create. One of the reasons I love them so much is because each one is very unique. I always do newborn sessions in my client's home, which means my client's will get a very personal photo session with their own decor as some of the backdrops. New mommies love that I do these in home. They do not have to strap their brand new baby in a car seat and make the journey to a studio somewhere outside of their comfort zone while they are still recovering from labor. If they want, they can even stay nice and comfortable in their PJs while I capture their beautiful infant.
How exactly do Newborn Photography Sessions work?
Every session is unique. Not only is every home different, but every baby is different. Some babies love to cry; some do not want to sleep and we get lots of awake photos; some sleep the entire time without even a sign of crying; some like to be fed A LOT; some even pee or poop on me. (Yes! It has happened multiple times.) To really attempt to get the most cooperative newborn, it is best to do your session within 10 days of birth. Babies are most comfortable in tight, fetal positions and are easily put to sleep within this time frame. It is also best to keep your house at a toasty 70 degrees or higher for your baby to stay warm and cozy while they are nude. The sessions can last anywhere from 2 to 3 hours and we usually spend about 2/3rds of that time setting up or comforting the baby. First & foremost, I will begin by setting up all my equipment and creating little make-shift studio sets around your home in the best lighting and incorporating any important elements that you have asked me to incorporate. We will then start the photo shoot.
Generally, I like to begin with lifestyle photos of mommy and daddy holding their newborn on a couch or bed or by a window, anywhere that I can get the best light for the best images. It is also great because you are comforting your baby at the same time that you are getting your first family photos (usually your baby is wrapped up in a blanket at this time). Once we get some great family shots, I move to the studio style naked baby photos as shown below.
Any props, like the shark hat above or the headbands and baseball below, I leave up to my clients. My philosophy is that all of your photos will be more personal if you use props (headbands, hats, booties, books, bracelets, etc.) that have meaning behind them and/or that will be worn by your baby in the future. I do not want to just give you photos that all my other clients will be getting as well. What I will bring for you is a few blankets for backdrops, some baskets, and some wooden crates (shown below).
These photo shoots require a lot of patience! Your new baby WILL cry and will get upset, but we are all being super careful and comforting them whenever they need it.
As I mentioned earlier, they often poop and pee on me and on the blankets, but do not worry! Potty pads are placed under my blankets and above your floor or couch so that there is no mess for you to clean up and no worries if they have an accident while they are naked. Each blanket is also washed with baby sensitive detergent after every single session.
I take much pride in making every session a wonderful experience for my clients! The photos you receive are wonderful treasures that you will have for a lifetime making all the crying worthwhile. It is best to book your session while you are still pregnant and we will simply set your session date as your due date adjusting as necessary since the baby will come on their own time. For pricing information and to book a session visit my pricing page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A couple months ago, I got an inquiry from a family friend to capture her daughter's 10th birthday party. Now, this was no ordinary birthday party photography gig, this was a Glam Slam Birthday Party!
What exactly is a Glam Slam Birthday Party, you ask?!?
The birthday girl and a few of her friends got to visit a local dry bar, Halo Blow Dry Bar, to get their hair done. Once the beautiful young ladies were all glammed up, they returned to the party house where I had set up a photo shoot for them. Balloons in the background, some fun props to pose with, a large frame; we all laughed and took tons of silly, glamorous photos and ended the night with some pizza and cake! I had such a blast that I have decided to start offering the entire party as a package. I will book the appointments, set up the photo shoot spot, and bring a whole bunch of fun props. All you need to do is get your girls to and from each spot and do any of the food and cake that you wish to have!
Looking to have your own Glam Slam Party?!
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The Beautiful Birthday Girl
"Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph." – Matt Hardy
"You don’t take a photograph, you make it." Ansel Adams
"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst." – Henri Cartier-Bresson
"Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow."– Imogen Cunningham
"You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper." – William Albert Allard
"Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop." – Ansel Adams
"It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get." – Timothy Allen